DIVVY NAMING AND VISUAL IDENTITY



Client: City of Chicago, Motivate (FKA Alta)
Studio: Firebelly, IDEO
Strategy: Nick Adam, Sara Frisk, Dawn Hancock
Design Direction: Nick Adam, Will Miller
Design: Nick Adam, Will Miller, Ohn Ho, Greg Calvert

IDEO Research: Sara Frisk, David Berthy, Adam Geremia
Scope: Research, Strategy, Naming, Identity Design, Lettering, Collateral, 
Awards:
Fast Company, Innovation By Design Awards Finalist
Society of Typographic Arts, Best in Show
Apple Store Lincoln Park, Keynote Lecture
Brand New, Best Reviewed
Brand New, Brand New Conference
CHGO DSGN Exhibition

As Chicago received federal funds to create a citywide bike-sharing service, a name and visual identity was needed to possition Chicago’s newest transportation system. Across three months I worked with IDEO at Firebelly to conduct research, create a name, and design a complete visual identity for the City of Chicago.

Our research include three rounds of public intercepts, where we hit the streets, visiting CTA stations to speak with commuters about their thoughts on biking in the city. We quickly found that these would-be riders had simialr values: safety, convenience, spontaneity and joy.

After 100’s of naming ideas, Divvy was selected as it spoke to the shared economy, was concise and memorable, and it easily could be both a proper noun and a verb — Today, I divvied to work.

Once we had a name, we designed a custom, monospace logotype with a special double-V ligature. Typographicly this glyph is known as a guillemet and is used to indicate motion — it is also a globally recognized street symbol, called a sharrow, used to mark roads that are shared with cars and bicycles. Nodding to Chicago’s infamous grid each letter is built using right angles. To soften and smooth out the edges we detailed the letters with geometric curves. Grilli Type’s GT Pressura was selected to 

While the blue of Chicago’s flag is traditionaly much lighter, we selected Pantone 298c as color that relates to Chicagoness while being vibrant enough to increase riders visiblity. 

The system includes a customized version of Chicago’s iconic six-pointed stars, set of system icons and a comprehensive brand standards guide covering over 40 touchpoints, from bicycles and vans to docking stations  and apparel.



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This website incudes the curriculum vitae and a portfolio of projects Nick Adam lead, directed, and/or designed.
Much of the work was collaboratively designed in the internationally-awarded design studios of Span, Thrist, and Firebelly.
Some of these projects are personal explorations and some can be found in the permentant collection of museusms.


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